Rma on the mats
2022 is the year we get the mojo back in the dojo!
2021 was hit again with Covid variants, lockdowns, QR Codes and we were divided up between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. These were trying times for everyone, including RMA. It was hard to tell our unvaccinated students that they couldn’t train with us until the Government mandated date. All we wanted to do was train! We did our best and produced some celebrated results. In Kyokushin we saw Senpai Karen grading up to Sandan to become Sensei Karen, and Senpai Mellisa Sergi graded to Nidan. after a gruelling Kyokushin grading in Albury. This grading had been put off many times due to lockdowns and was actually meant to happen in Japan a couple of years ago. Senpai Craig Bardney, Senpai Janine Dufour and Senpai Sophie Mitchell also graded to Nidan this year.They have flourished as RMA Instructors and have taken on classes with much enthusiasm from our students. In Brazilian Jiujitsu, two of our long time students and coaches, Mitch Rossetto and Steven Zambon graded to Brown belt at the end of 2021. This was a long time coming and they will continue to push hard and lead our students onwards. Many students hit goals and milestones regardless of what 2021 has thrown at us. RMA teaches resilience, grit and perseverance through hard training and I guarantee that we will hit 2022 with the pedal to the floor as we drive through any challenges this year will present. Osu!
Have you checked out the Student Portal?
2020 was the year that necessity became the mother of invention! Enter the Student Portal. RMA can now offer all our students an online tool that showcases the syllabus requirements for both Kyokushin Karate and Brazilian JiuJitsu through the many video clips that were filmed by our Instructors. These clips are tutorials or mini classes that our students can train alongside or simply study with. Our forced layoff, thanks to COVID Government restrictions forced us to come up with ways that our students can train whilst away from the dojo. It has taken several months of filming and editing to get the product that we now have and it is still a work in progress. We plan to add more clips and mini workshops throughout the year. We love the student portal and we are sure that you will too. Check out one of our BJJ tutorials for our Mat Rats program
2021 End of Year Awards
Unfortunately due to Covid I decided not to run our Christmas party. Hopefully we can rectify that in 2022. Usually, at the Christmas Party, we hand out awards to those students that showed us that X Factor during their train efforts for the year. I must admit, I find it hard to single out students for awards because nearly everyone is deserving of recognition. Regardless, these students showed either huge improvements and great spirit this Year.
Most Improved- Mila Stellmach
Training Spirit- Sebastian Cappello
Most Improved- Rylee Eade and Mitchell Laurie
Training Spirit- Jasmine Lymer
Most Improved- Zoe Hughes
Training Spirit- Jocelyn Ramos
Junior Kyokushin Student of the Year 2021
Senior Kyokushin Student of the Year 2021
Mat Rat BJJ
Most Improved-Allirah Gray
Training Spirit- Winston Nolan
Most Improved Michael Douglas
Kade Vaccari becomes the fist Junior BJJ student to get to Yellow Belt!
If you looked at Kade Vaccari, you would think he is in his twenties. He is a giant at over 6 feet tall and he is stronger than a mallee bull! Just roll with him and you will find out quickly what a handful Kade is! Mat Rats BJJ has been running for a few years and the drop out rate can be quite high due to the physical demands of Brazilian Jiujitsu. No one has stayed on long enough to achieve a yellow belt. Some students have moved on to the adults class and are now achieving adult ranks. Kade is 15 years old and isn’t quite there for adult grades, but he has become the first junior to receive yellow belt. Coach Pete and I are really proud of Kade’s committment and I can only see great things in Kades future. Well done!